12 NASA Recommended Air-Purifying Plants for Your Workspace

12 NASA Recommended Air-Purifying Plants for Your Workspace

Back in 1989, NASA conducted a study on common indoor plants and their abilities to remove organic chemicals from indoor air. With the resources they had, they successfully found 12 air purifying plants that can help you maintain cleaner air while you work at home.

Bamboo palm

Scientific name: Chamaedorea seifritzii

Placing some tropical accent on your desk, Bamboo Palms can grow under low light but can increase further under better lighting conditions. It’s undemanding in terms of care, so you don’t need to have a green thumb in taking care of one.

Chinese Evergreen

Scientific name: Aglaonema modestum

A popular house plant, Chinese Evergreens are one of the most resilient kind you can grow. It’s highly decorative with several interesting varieties.

Aglaonemas are slow-growing, attractive, and make excellent foliage plants. They have broad, narrow, and glossy oval leaves on short stems. Best of all, it does not like full sun, so it is perfect for indoors, especially if window light is a commodity in your home.

English Ivy

Scientific name: Hedera helix

A woody evergreen vine, the English Ivy comes truly attractive with its thick, lobed, and glossy leaves. It blends well with brick or stone walls to add some elegance to your working space. It can be placed in hanging baskets, and it can grow up to 15 feet long as a vine.

Gerbera Daisy

Scientific name: Gerbera jamesonii

For a punch of bright colors to your space, Gerbera daisy is a perfect boost for your room and mood. To grow indoors, it needs a balanced amount of sunlight in moderate temperatures. They can grow from eight to twenty-four inches tall, plus, the flowers can grow from two to five inches across.

Janet Craig

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Scientific name: Dracaena deremensis “Janet Craig”

The Dracaena Janet Craig plants are sword-shaped, solid, wide, and with dark green leaves indoor plants that are 3 inches wide and approximately 2 feet long.

Used frequently as floor plants, it can also be a table plant if you have ample space. It can survive under low light levels, and it grows best in filtered light. Although it’s listed as a non-poisonous houseplant, it’s not recommended around pets such as cats or dogs since some experienced problems after eating the leaves.

Madagascar Dragon Tree Plants – Marginata

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Scientific name: Dracaena marginata

If you want to make a statement for your room, then the Madagascar Dragon Tree is perfect for you. Its size may be too big for your work table, but placing it on the side gives a minimal aesthetic that can boost your creativity and air quality, of course. It has long, thin leaves, and it resembles palm trees. Note that it should not receive direct sunlight as it can cause damage to the leaves easily.


Corn Plant

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Scientific name: Dracaena massangeana

From the name itself, corn plants resemble corn stalk leaves. These are long, lush shrubs with narrow and arching shiny gradient-like greens, and it’s highly popular as an indoor plant. Moreover, it’s easy to grow, and it tends to drop its leaves lower, exposing its stem as it ages.

Snake Plant – Mother-in-Law’s tongue

Scientific name: Sansevieria laurentii

The Snake plant simply gets its name from the thin, upright leaves with irregular green banding that look like snakeskin. It’s a low-maintenance plant that’s known for surviving droughts, making it perfect for newbies living in almost any environment.

Pot Mum

Scientific name: Chrysanthemum morifolium

Chrysanthemum morifolium is a herbaceous plant with large flower heads that can be yellow, red, white, or purple. This plant will surely give a blooming vibe to your work desk, but just make sure that it gets some sunlight even indoors. Unlike other houseplants, Chrysanthemum morifolium requires natural light for healthy growth.

Peace Lily

Scientific name: Spathiphyllum “Mauna Loa”

The Peace Lily is a herbaceous perennial houseplant that has no specific bloom time. It can filter out five dangerous toxins, namely, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia.

It can grow up to 3ft indoors, and it breathes well in low light and average room temperature.


Scientific name: Dracaena deremensis “Warneckei”

Coming from about 40 different species, “Dracena” is derived from a Greek word meaning “female dragon.” It looks a little like a corn plant with its broad green leaves with subtle white stripes. Thankfully, it’s easy to take care of since it can easily go without water for a while.

Weeping Fig – Ficus

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Scientific name: Ficus benjamina

Another popular indoor plant is the Ficus or commonly known as the Weeping Fig. Its trunk can gracefully be braided while its stems have milky sap. It has different varieties, and it grows slowly indoors.

Nonverbally, the Weeping Fig shows indication when it’s not feeling well by dropping off some of its leaves.

And there you have it! All the plants approved by NASA to be effective in removing chemicals from your home or workspace. Do you own one or more already? Or are you interested in getting one? Let us know in the comments.

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1 Response

  1. psikick says:

    If you actually read that NASA study you will realize that the results do not apply to the typiccal home or office setting. They experimented in sealed, clear boxes with the plants inside. We obviously do not live and work in small boxes. You will need to cover every inch of your indoor space with plants and still the effects would be minimal at best. If you really want cleaner indoor air, get an air purifier. If you want to have plants inside your space, go ahead. Just don’t say you are doing it for cleaner it because that would be lying.

    This article sums it all up:


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